The latest Chicago-born beach read is literally that: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke tell the story of three friends reuniting on a vacation in Tulum, Mexico. When one of them goes missing, they have to piece together not just their night, but everything they thought they knew about each other. $14.95, Barnes & Noble locations citywide; Barnesandnoble.com
Thanks to the “Portrait of Madame X,” the uplit dancer in “El Jaleo” or the affluent hush that emanates from “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is one of those artists we think we know.
While Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novels like “Gone Girl” and “Dark Places” are set in rural towns in Missouri and Kansas, the famed author’s inspiration is most often sparked during midafternoon walks outside her home in Chicago. “The city itself is so evocative,” Flynn says. “The shadows and the light and the architecture — it’s a great home for writers.” Last week, the author...
Get your 'gram ready! Pics from pop-ups like Happy Place and 29Rooms have been taking over our Instagram feeds this summer — and the trend isn't slowing down. Now, we’ve got the next picture-perfect location to add to your 'gram. Opening Aug. 17 in the West Loop, wndr musuem is new pop-up exhibit with 20 interactive spaces — including an iteration of the Infinity Mirror Room, which was created...
Pack this in your beach bag: Local author Rebecca Makkai’s third novel is a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting look back at the AIDS epidemic. Set in both ’80s Chicago and modern-day Paris, it beautifully showcases the true power of friendship. $27, Barnes & Noble locations citywide; Barnesandnoble.com
Playwright Ellen Fairey whips up funny and compelling dialogue in ‘Support Group for Men’
The luxury retailer sent artist Thomas Ott on a 2,700-mile journey across America — starting in Chicago — along Route 66 for the latest in its line of travel tomes. Ott’s black-and-white scratchboard images depict everything from truck stops to tourist attractions in gorgeous detail. $56, Louis Vuitton, 919 N. Michigan; Us.louisvuitton.com
The weather has finally turned, and Chicagoans are moving outside en masse. From alfresco dining to a must-hit festival agenda, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive guide to what’s new in the city this season New this year Odyssey Chicago River The local cruise company, which has long offered dressy dinners on the lake, unveils a brand-new, glass-enclosed vessel for lunching along...
Lookingglass adapts the Jules Verne classic
Chicago writer Rachel Z. Arndt crunches numbers in her first book of essays. From spin-class RPMs to airport ETAs, it’s an obsessive and enlightening look at the way we quantify our lives. $15.95, Barnes & Noble locations citywide; Barnesandnoble.com